Pulpology: Mark & Sonia's Intercontinental Absurdities!

<< November, 2020 >>
Recent Entries
Recent Comments
Re: Wanderfood Wednesday: Epicurean despot (by mark at 5/09 2:16 PM)
Re: Photo Friday: the kids are all right (by sonia at 1/03 11:20 AM)
Re: Photo Friday: the kids are all right (by krakestraw at 12/21 2:30 PM)
Re: Africa Always Wins (by lacyemartini at 11/05 3:01 PM)
Re: Africa Always Wins (by mark at 11/05 12:01 PM)
Re: WanderFood Wednesday: foxy overindulgence in Middleburg (by sonia at 7/18 11:27 AM)
Re: WanderFood Wednesday: foxy overindulgence in Middleburg (by cbheller at 7/18 11:23 AM)
Re: Top of the Loaf, Ma! (by sonia at 5/11 8:30 AM)
Re: Top of the Loaf, Ma! (by mark at 5/10 11:40 AM)
Re: Sugarloaf smooches (by wanderinglaura at 4/25 11:24 AM)
Ambergris (4) RSS
Atitlan (2) RSS
Beijing (1) RSS
Beirut (1) RSS
Celebrate Joan (11) RSS
Dead Sea (3) RSS
Florence (4) RSS
Guangzhou (1) RSS
Hong Kong (1) RSS
La Fortuna (6) RSS
Malaysia (18) RSS
Petra (5) RSS
San Ignacio (5) RSS
San Jose (2) RSS
Semporna (2) RSS
tours (13) RSS
Vancouver (7) RSS
Alajuela (3) RSS
Amman (2) RSS
Anghiari (2) RSS
Antigua (1) RSS
Arraial do Cabo (3) RSS
Aruba (5) RSS
Assisi (3) RSS
Bangkok (11) RSS
Belize (12) RSS
Borneo (7) RSS
Brazil (19) RSS
Burning Man (28) RSS
Cali 2012 (1) RSS
Cali/Oregon (10) RSS
Caulker (3) RSS
Chicago (4) RSS
Chichicastenango (3) RSS
China (1) RSS
Coban (3) RSS
Colombia (1) RSS
Costa Rica (28) RSS
CouchSurfing (12) RSS
DC (106) RSS
farewells (2) RSS
festivals (46) RSS
Finger Lakes (2) RSS
Frontone (3) RSS
garden (17) RSS
Guatemala (27) RSS
Guatemala City (1) RSS
guest post (8) RSS
Honduras (5) RSS
Italy (33) RSS
Jersey shore (2) RSS
Jordan (8) RSS
Kinabatangan (3) RSS
Kuala Lumpur (2) RSS
Kuching (1) RSS
Le Marche (19) RSS
Lebanon (1) RSS
Livingston (4) RSS
London (3) RSS
Manuel Antonio (2) RSS
Meet Plan Go (17) RSS
Middleburg (1) RSS
Monteverde (6) RSS
Mozambique (13) RSS
Nebaj (2) RSS
Orange Walk (1) RSS
Paris (1) RSS
Penang (5) RSS
Perugia (2) RSS
Philadelphia (1) RSS
Photo Friday (78) RSS
Piobbico (2) RSS
Puerto Viejo (4) RSS
recs (41) RSS
Rio (14) RSS
Rome (1) RSS
San Diego (7) RSS
San Marino (1) RSS
Singapore (6) RSS
Tamarindo (4) RSS
TBEX10 (3) RSS
TBEX11 (4) RSS
Thailand (18) RSS
Tikal (4) RSS
Tortuguero (6) RSS
transport (39) RSS
Treviso (2) RSS
VA Beach (1) RSS
Venice (5) RSS
WanderFood (34) RSS
Williamsburg (1) RSS
Xela (7) RSS
Search Blog


18 July 2012
WanderFood Wednesday: foxy overindulgence in Middleburg

 snacky treats at Briar Patch

Back in January, we took a jaunt out to the countryside for a change of scenery. Virginia wine country in the dead of winter can be a drab destination, but fortunately some local businesses go out of their way to plan convivial events to chase away the winter doldrums.

[I know, I know... with all the blistering heat of late, it's hard to think back to a time of winter coats and frosty chill. This post got lost in the shuffle of Rio in February, and the chaos of life in general since then. Better late than never!]

Our home away from home for the weekend was Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast. I'm trying really hard to resist using the word "cozy" to describe this place, but the moniker totally fits. Between the Peter Rabbit thematics and the fresh-baked cookies in the kitchen, Briar Patch is cozier than a snuggly blanket in front of a roaring fire. (Which they also provide.) They do a brisk wedding business, and judging from the many photo albums the place is also gorgeous during the spring/summer/fall months. But we scheduled our visit to coincide with something near and dear to our hearts: cooking classes!

appies with Chef Bernard

Chef Bernard Henry helped kick off the festivities with an appetizer class and wine tasting on Friday night, right in the Briar Patch kitchen. We learned the secret to preparing an easy escargot-like dish -- impress your friends! -- and sampled a range of tasty treats paired with wines from local Fox Den Winery. Chef Bernard is quintessentially French, with a big Rollie Fingers moustache and a wry sense of humor. I could listen to him talk about food prep all day. And the end results? Om nom nom.

Chef serves up a taste


We spent the next day roaming around downtown Middleburg and winery-hopping. Bash Virginia wines all you want; I love hanging out at these small vineyards, chatting up the winemakers and taking in the beautiful scenery.

First stop, Delaplane Cellars, with dazzling views even in the dead of winter:

Delaplane Cellars

Onto Fox Meadow Vineyards -- Middleburg is rife with fox references -- which happened to be serving up a delicious Tuscan Bean Stew that weekend to complement their wines:

Fox Meadow Vineyards

And finally Naked Mountain Winery, where the fireside lasagna threatened to put us into a food coma:

going... going... gone!

Boof. We had just enough time to rest up before the evening cooking class back at Briar Patch.

Chef Bernard once again informed and amused us, running through something like six courses (I lost count) and bringing up volunteers for some audience participation.

audience participation

From the simple (pureed carrot ginger soup? can I get a hell-yeah?) to the exotic (pineapple roasted in a huge mound of salt, served over ice cream), each course was paired with a different Fox Den wine. By the end, they pretty much had to roll us outta there a in a wheelbarrow.

carrot soup!


Om... Nom... Zzzzzzzzzzz...

Be sure to check out Wanderlust & Lipstick's WanderFood Wednesday for more mouth-watering travel foodie posts.

* browse all Middleburg pics
* Briar Patch Bed & Breakfast
* Chef Bernard Henry
* Fox Den Vineyard

* Delaplane Cellars
* Fox Meadow Vineyards
* Naked Mountain Winery

If you enjoyed this post, please share it!

Posted by sonia at 12:00 AM | Link | 2 comments